Paul J. Stratton
11/2/2006 - Paul J. Stratton, 83, of Rockville, Md., formerly of Utica Street, Clinton, N.Y., died Oct. 21, 2006 in Rockville.
He was born Dec. 22, 1922 in Westfield, the son of Harry R. and Nellie Klice Stratton.
On July 3, 1948, he married Carolyn (Carly) Clark in Peru, N.Y.
Paul majored in music at Fredonia State Teacherís College and received a masterís degree in educational administration from Columbia University. He was a music teacher in Peru, N.Y. from 1945 to 1947, in Walden from 1948 to 1957 and served as principal in Dannemora from 1957 to 1960. He came to Central New York area in 1960 as assistant superintendent of BOCES of Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties.
Paul immediately became a moving force in the area, principally through his volunteer work for Rotary and other community organizations. A two-time Paul Harris Fellow, he was president of the Rotary Club of Utica in 1976-77 and served as District Governor of Rotary District 7150 in 1981-82, after retiring from BOCES. He was a guiding influence in the Rotary Youth Exchange program for over 20 years. In 1985, when Rotary International initiated its worldwide campaign to immunize children against polio, Paul led the District to raise over $100,000 from Utica Rotarians alone. He founded the Clinton chapter of the Dollars for Scholars program in 1984, which raised money for students through the annual sale of roses. He also served on the Mid York Library for 10 years and as a board member and president of Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP).
Paulís personal experience with polio at age 16 shaped his ambitions and led him to a life of service to others, a life for which Carly proved the perfect partner. In addition to their many community activities, the two were world-class hosts and, in later years, world travelers. With their shared gift for making friends wherever they went, they served as unofficial ambassadors for Clinton around the globe.
After Carlyís death in 2001, Paul moved to Maryland to be with his daughter Pam, but he never lost his sense of connection to upstate New York. Many here will remember him as an accomplished trombonist and lover of Big Band music, a parade rider decked out in full Western regalia, a canny bridge player, a dedicated educator, a loving father and husband and a gentleman farmer who raised beagles, Christmas trees and bumper crops of raspberries and beans (but whose favorite food was cherry pie).
Paul was a member of a number of local parishes over the years, including St. Thomas and St. John the Evangelist, both in New Hartford, N.Y.; most recently he was attending St. Elizabethís in Rockville.
He is survived by his children and grandchildren, Mark J. Stratton and his wife, Lois Becker, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Dr. Pamela Stratton, his daughter; and her son, Eric Stratton, of Rockville, Md.; and Jenny and David Collins, his daughter and son-in-law and their children, Mac and Grace Collins, of Danbury, Conn.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 11th at noon at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 13 Oxford Road, New Hartford, N.Y. Interment will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park.
Calling hours will be Nov. 10th from 4 to 6 p.m. and Nov. 11th from 11 a.m. to noon prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clinton Dollars for Scholars, 75 Chenango Ave., Clinton, N.Y., 13323 or the Rotary Foundation designating the Polio Plus Program at Rotary Club of Utica, P.O. Box 323, Washington Mills, N.Y., 13479.
Dan S. Bowers
11/2/2006 - Dan S. Bowers, 84, of Ripley, died Oct. 23, 2006 at the Waters of Westfield.
He was born March 2, 1922 in Waynesboro, Pa., the son of the late William and Elizabeth Saylor Bowers.
Bowers was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. in 1942 and later graduated from Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C. in 1946 as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.
He is remembered for his ability to play the piano and his services as caretaker at the Ripley Presbyterian Church. Dan also volunteered his time at the library and provided lawn care and flowers for the library, post office and bank. These activities earned him recognition from the Ripley Grange in 1991 when he received the Community Citizen Award.
He is survived by many devoted caretakers at the Waters of Westfield where he resided for the past 14 years and by his friends at the Ripley Presbyterian Church.
No visitation will be held and burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to the Ripley Presbyterian Church and the Ripley Free Library.
Arrangements are by the Mathews Funeral Home in Ripley.
Dorothy S. Otto
11/2/2006 - Dorothy S. Otto, 93, of Lake Shore Health Care, Irving, formerly of Mayville, died Oct. 29, 2006 at Lake Shore Health Care.
She was born March 4, 1913 in Sheridan, N.Y. the daughter of the late Henry and Martha Colgan Tilly. She had been a hotel and restaurant waitress at the Statler Hotel in Buffalo.
Dorothy was a member of St. Maryís Catholic Church in Mayville where she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society. She also belonged to the Mayville Senior Citizens, and the Alzheimerís Support Group.
The church, her friends, and family were very special to Dorothy.
She is survived by five generations of nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Otto whom she married Sept. 3, 1953 and who died Oct. 7, 1974; three sisters, Hildegard Thompson, Catherine Blake, and Ruth DeGlupper; and seven brothers, Steve, Merve, William, George, Kenneth, Daniel and James Tilly.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 4th in St. Maryís Catholic Church in Mayville, Rev. Bernard Nowak will officiate. Burial will be in the Mayville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 3rd in the Freay Funeral Home, Mayville.
Memorials may be made to the Mayville Fire Dept. Rescue Squad, PO Box 2, Mayville, N.Y. 14757.
The Freay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Philip M. Jacques
6/8/2006 - Philip M. Jacques, 42, of Jamestown, died June 4, 2006, at home.
He was born Aug. 14, 1963 in Paris, France, the son of Simone LaPorte of Paris. He lived in France until the age of 11 and was a 1981 graduate of Twin Lakes High School, W. Palm Beach, Fla. and had been a resident of Chautauqua County since 1992. Philip was a veteran of the French Army/Airborne.
Working two jobs, he was employed as a manager at both Robo Enterprises in Jamestown and Factory Direct Depot in Lakewood.
He was the husband of 21 years to Stephanie Lehnen Jacques; children, Matthew Adams and Patrick Jacques, both of Jamestown, Amber Adams of Ripley, Alexandre Jacques of Falconer; grandchildren, Jayden Adams of Jamestown, Kayin and Brennan Ziolkowski, both of Ripley; and brothers, Alan and Danielle LaPorte, both of France.
A gathering to celebrate Philip's life will be held on June 11th from noon to 9 p.m. at the 100 Acre Lot/JCC College Park, Curtis Street, Jamestown.
Family will receive friends at their home from 2 to 8 p.m. today, June 8th.
Arrangements are by the Jordan Funeral Home in Sinclairville.
6/8/2006 - Ronald R. Fisk, 62, of Madison, Tenn., formerly of Brocton, died May 29, 2006 following a lengthy illness.
Born in Dunkirk on Feb. 5, 1944, he was the son of the late Robert and Viola (Smith) Fisk.
Ronald was a fireman for the Metro Nashville Fire Department and later became a paramedic. He was an LCPL in the U.S. Marine Corps. A graduate of Brocton Central School, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Fisk; sister Stacy (Jerry) Stalter of Brocton; daughters, Deeana Zuspann and Saundra Fisk, both of Nashville; stepchildren, Lisa Blake, Sherry Jinnette and Terry Jinnette, all of Nashville; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one nephew, James Naumoff and one niece, Ashley Stalter, both of Brocton.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis Fisk; grandparents, Ralph Smith, Elizabeth (Ma) Thompson and Clifford and Georgine Fisk.
Funeral services were held June 2nd at Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home in Nashville and was followed by a Military Interment at Middle Team Veterans Cemetery.
6/8/2006 - Vivianne L. Denmead, 62, of Ellicott Road, Brocton, died June 5, 2006 at her home with her family at her side.
Born in Bear Lake Pa. on March 4, 1944, she was the daughter of Reno and Hazel Spelling Berkey Jr. of Lorida, Fla.
She had been a Brocton area resident for the past 14 years and was formerly of Cassadaga. She was a member of the Episcopal Church. Her hobbies were playing Bingo, listening to country music and watching western movies as well as playing the lottery.
Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, Freeland J. (Mike) Denmead; two sons, Michael G. Denmead of Mt. Carmel Tenn. and Kenneth H. Denmead of Fredonia; one daughter, Bethany Grover of Brocton; two stepdaughters, Melinda Ewing of Va. and Donna Lee Williams of Va.; one brother, George Berkey of Fla.; one sister, Joanne James of Erie, Pa.; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise M. Denmead; and one stepson, Larry Ewing.
Private interment services will be held at the convenience of the family in Bear Lake, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice Chautauqua County or the Brocton Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Squad.
Arrangements are by the Morse Funeral Home in Brocton.
6/8/2006 - Colleen Allesi-Sweeney, 54, of Barnesdale Road, Charlottesville, Va., formerly of Lakewood and Westfield, died unexpectedly on May 31, 2006 in her home.
A Virginia resident for the past 25 years, she was born March 1, 1952 in Jamestown, the daughter of Marjorie Gill Allesi and the late John Allesi.
She was a graduate of the Westfield Academy and Central School and earned her bachelor's degree from the Salem College, Salem, W. Va. She then completed her studies and earned her master's degree in psychology from the West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va.
While living in the Jamestown area several years ago, she was employed as a social worker for the Chautauqua County Mental Health Department and had also worked for the Chautauqua Blind Association.
She was a former member of the St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Westfield.
Surviving are her mother of Lakewood; her husband, Billy W. Sweeney, whom she married Dec. 27, 1980 in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Jamestown; three sisters, Kathleen Allesi of Washington D.C., Maureen Allesi of Albion, N.Y., and Bonnie Allesi-Barker of Jamestown; a brother, Kevin Allesi of Charlottesville; two nieces; a nephew; and a great-nephew.
She was a lover of animals and will be missed by her dog, "Butterscotch."
She was preceded in death by her father, who died April 12, 2003; maternal grandparents, Henry and Leora Sweet Gill; and paternal grandparents, Samuel and Rose LaDuca Allesi.
Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, N.Y., 14701; or to the Chautauqua Region Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 714, Jamestown, N.Y., 14701.
Arrangements are by the Lind Funeral Home in Jamestown.
James C. Newman Sr.
6/8/2006 - James C. Newman Sr., 79, of West Main Road, Brocton, was surrounded by several loved ones as he peacefully passed away on June 2, 2006 at Westfield Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 26, 1927 in Clinton, Ohio, the son of the late William and Eunice Bissell Newman.
He lived in the Village of Brocton since 1957 where he enjoyed a large circle of friends. He was formerly employed at Welch Foods for 38 years and retired in 1992. he loved working on cars, improving his home, cooking and telling stories to make people laugh.
He is survived by his daughters, Janice Ann Senn of Jacksonville, Fla., Mary Ann Cambra and husband Davis of Erie; sons, James C. Newman Jr. and wife, Denise, of North East, Pa., Robert E. Newman and wife, Mary, of Brocton, Joseph C. Newman of Brocton; sisters, Nancy Gonzales of North East, Nancy Luke and husband, Henry, of North East, Sally Stafford of Sheffield, Pa. and Edith Rogers of Lady Lake, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Mae Slater Newman, who died Dec. 22, 1999; brothers, William, Everett, Ray, Morris, Richard and Harold Newman and an infant brother; sisters, Betty Newman, Vera Gilger, Viola Brumbaugh and Opal Davis; and a grandson, Neil Senn.
Memorials may be made to a Hospice program of one's choice; Westfield Memorial Hospital, 189 East Main Street, Westfield, N.Y., 14787; American Heart Association Memorial Processing Center, 777 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15235; or a charity of one's choice.
Interment will be in the North East Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home on South Lake Street, North East.
Audrey J. Schurman
6/8/2006 - Audrey J. Schurman, 77, formerly of Rt. 474 and the Clymer Trailer Court died June 1, 2006 in the Heritage Green Health Care Center in Greenhurst.
She was born June 26, 1928 in Oil City, Pa. the daughter of the late William P. and Mabel Lindsey Akam.
She was raised in Lindsey Hollow and was a graduate of Corry High School Class of 1946 and also of the Orra Jean Beauty Academy Erie, Pa. Class of 1946. She had own and operated Audrey's Schurman Beauty Shop in Clymer for 40 years and had also worked in a beauty shop at the Chautauqua Institution. Audrey was a professional baker having worked at Peek'n Peak for seven years and at the Dutch Village Restaurant for 23 years retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Abbe Reformed Church a former member of the Women's Guild and had sung in the choir and served as janitor of the church. She had also attended the North Clymer United Methodist Church. She had served as chairperson for the Clymer Tulip Festival in 1969. She enjoyed baking, cake decorating, sewing, playing the organ & piano and collecting cookbooks, magazines and furniture refinishing.
She survived by three sons, Eugene W. Schurman, his wife Carol of Clymer and Jerrold L. Schurman his wife Debby and Quentin L.Schurman his wife Jody of Clymer, and three daughters: Juanita D. Holthouse her husband Paul of Sherman, Colleen R. Harrower her husband Archie of Kennedy, and Capri M TeCulver her husband Wayne of North Clymer; eight grandchildren, Leigh Wetherington, of Morrisville, N.C., Kelly Prewitt of Grand Rapids, Mich., Elisha Whitmore of Panama, Amanda Willink, Nicole Schurman, Orry Schurman all of Clymer, Michael and Matthew TeCulver of North Clymer and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond J. Schurman whom she married September 20, 1947 and died July 26, 1999 and three brothers: Ilyo Akam an infant, Vinton Akam in 1995 Merle Akam in 2001 and two sisters: Juanita Akam an infant and Echo E. McCray in 1985
Burial will be in Holland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Clymer Volunteer Fire Department, Clymer, N.Y. 14724 or the North Clymer United Methodist Church c/o Judy Upperman 7761 Rt 474, North Clymer, N.Y. 14767 or Alzheimer's Association of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Dr. STE 6, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221-7380.
The Spitzer Funeral Home in Clymer is in charge of arrangements.